MA History

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Explore contrasting periods of history and develop your critical awareness and research skills. Gain a richer understanding of how history helps us to address present-day issues.

How history improves lives

Prof Lucy Bland’s research has given ‘Brown Babies’ a sense of well-being, empowerment and a knowledge of their heritage, creating a self-sustaining community for the future.

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Our MA History will introduce you to contrasting periods and forms of history (social, cultural, political, digital) and different research methods. You'll access current forms of historical thinking exploring issues around material culture, race, the spatial turn and globalisation.

Through studying MA History at ARU, you’ll become part of a vibrant postgraduate community. Additionally, in Cambridge you’ll be in the midst of a dynamic academic environment, benefiting from our many links with local organisations and access to archives including the Cambridgeshire Collection, The Archives Centre at Churchill College, the Cambridge University Library and Imperial War Museum, Duxford. London and the British Library are only 50 mins away on the train.

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Hands-on learning

All our MA History students have the opportunity to:

  • carry out research in Cambridge’s museums and archives
  • take part in live group briefs
  • benefit from our links with local organisations, including the Cambridgeshire Collection and Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community in Cambridge and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • study at a university whose history research was ranked as ‘world-leading’ (REF 2021)
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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The skills you develop in our MA History will transfer across a range of careers, as well as provide a gateway to PhD research.

By exploring how to make the past available to a wider public, you will open up careers in the heritage industry, archives and museums.

You will also become an independent learner, able to manage your own projects and research in a confident and flexible manner, devise and sustain arguments and solve problems successfully.

Such skills are transferable to careers in teaching, business, the media, arts administration, fundraising, librarianship, marketing, IT-related industries and many others.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD in History or PhD in Sociology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

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